Sunday April 17, 2016

Microsoft Builds New AI Bot To Ignore Hitler

Microsoft is trying to play it safer this time after their last bot incident, though I’m not sure why they didn’t just program it to return a name and nothing else.

CNNMoney gave CaptionBot several photos of Adolf Hitler and variations of the swastika to analyze, and it often came back with "I really can't describe the picture" and a confused emoji. It did, however, identify other Nazi leaders like Joseph Mengele and Joseph Goebbels. Microsoft (MSFT) released CaptionBot a few weeks after its disastrous social experiment with Tay, an automated chat program designed to talk like a teen. Shortly after putting Tay to work on Twitter, it began to tweet incredibly racist comments like "Hitler was right I hate the jews."